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Sketchbook. Textbook. Reference Guide. The I DRAW MANGA Sketchbook combines all three to spark creativity and encourage practice.
Sketchbook. Textbook. Reference Guide. The I DRAW MANGA Sketchbook combines all three to spark creativity and encourage practice.
Sketchbook. Textbook. Reference Guide. The I DRAW MANGA Sketchbook combines all three to spark creativity and encourage practice.
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I DRAW MANGA Sketchbook & Reference Guide

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Introducing the I DRAW MANGA Sketchbook. Like other titles in the IDRAW™ series, I DRAW MANGA is a unique mashup of creativity, education and utility. We have combined the limitless possibilities of a sketchbook, the how-to of a text book and the what's what of a reference guide into one game-changing tool. Applying the IDRAW™ format to yet another art form, we've created a new standard for aspiring Manga artists, Anime devotees, and anyone looking to improve their drawing skills.

I DRAW MANGA is the perfect tool to take along on your journey to mastering the Manga style. We've designed the contents of the book to inform and instruct in a natural progression, with each section building on the last. We have done extensive User Research, exploring different techniques and teaching styles to build the most unique and effective Manga instruction tool possible.

Manga Industry Background including valuable reference information such as publishers, schools and recommended tools and materials.

Relevant industry info included such as Manga publishers, what school to attend and what tools to use.
Relevant industry info included such as Manga publishers, what school to attend and what tools to use.

Character Design is broken up in sub-sections focusing on character traits such as Eyes, Head & Face and Hairstyles. 

Learn the construction of a standard Manga eye and other signature elements.(the eye is but one example)
Learn the construction of a standard Manga eye and other signature elements.(the eye is but one example)
Learn to draw the head and facial features with the face diagram and several other templates
Learn to draw the head and facial features with the face diagram and several other templates
Learn techniques to draw unique hairstyles which provide your characters a unique personality
Learn techniques to draw unique hairstyles which provide your characters a unique personality

Proportions covers the size and shape of the body for multiple genders and ages. 

Proportions of the body for different ages and genders
Proportions of the body for different ages and genders

Background Effects to help add dynamic energy and drama to your panels.

Learn techniques to provide texture to your panels and give them a proper middleground or background
Learn techniques to provide texture to your panels and give them a proper middleground or background

Creating a Character Sheet to describe your character's size, shape, attitude and personality.

Learn techniques to reflect all of your character's traits on one page
Learn techniques to reflect all of your character's traits on one page

Using templates as a tool to guide your practice can help enforce proper proportion, dramatically improving results. The key to getting better at drawing anything (not just Manga) is simple - lots of practice. We believe our templates encourage practice more than the blank page ever could, so we've packed the I DRAW MANGA Sketchbook with 100+ pages of templates to help get you started, appreciate specific Manga nuances and keep you motivated. For example, we have over 40 pages of templates just for eyes alone!

Eye width and thickness templates to teach a variety of looks
Eye width and thickness templates to teach a variety of looks
Templates to practice eye shapes for a variety of expressions
Templates to practice eye shapes for a variety of expressions
Use the Eye Designer template to practice creating compelling eye styles
Use the Eye Designer template to practice creating compelling eye styles
Use the proportion templates to design your character's bodies in proper proportion
Use the proportion templates to design your character's bodies in proper proportion
Face templates to explore different expressions
Face templates to explore different expressions
Hairstyle templates - because your characters require great hair
Hairstyle templates - because your characters require great hair
I DRAW MANGA Sketchbooks in sleek grey and Ltd Edition Kickstarter-Only Black edition
I DRAW MANGA Sketchbooks in sleek grey and Ltd Edition Kickstarter-Only Black edition

Choose from one of our carefully designed pledge tiers below - we believe there's something in there for everyone!

How does the Add-on Menu work? It's simple. If you'd like to add any of the items below to your pledge, just add the dollar amount to your pledge amount. When we send out surveys at the end of the campaign you can let us know which items you added and we'll make sure we get it right.

Note on shipping:

All add-on items ship free in the US. For shipping outside the US, please add $12 per book for First Class International Mail, or $25 per Complete Series using International Priority Flat Rate. Feel free to message us with any shipping questions.

Ships free in USA, Add $25 shipping outside USA
Ships free in USA, Add $25 shipping outside USA
Ships free in USA, Add $12 shipping outside USA
Ships free in USA, Add $12 shipping outside USA
Ships free in US - add $12 per book outside US
Ships free in US - add $12 per book outside US
click image to see content from the I DRAW COMICS sketchbook
click image to see content from the I DRAW COMICS sketchbook
click image to see content from the I DRAW CARS sketchbook
click image to see content from the I DRAW CARS sketchbook
click image to see content from the I DRAW SHOES sketchbook
click image to see content from the I DRAW SHOES sketchbook
   

What started as a creative side project, through Kickstarter has become a platform for creating tools to enable creativity and make learning to draw accessible. From a single book we've grown to 4 books with many more projects in the hopper and no sign of slowing down. 

Currently IDRAW Creative Goods products are used by creatives on every continent, and have been integrated as curriculum in some of the world's top design institutions. If you'd like to help us realize a new book in the IDRAW series, read on...

4 books resulting from 4 strong collaborative efforts
4 books resulting from 4 strong collaborative efforts

We're always thinking about what our users want to draw, and what tools we could make to help them get better. Do you design bikes? Do you create concept art for film? Are you a space planner? Any and all of these are projects we have considered, and we're just looking for the right partner to make them a reality.

If you're an artist or designer currently working professionally with the itch to teach others and the chops to visualize how to do it, let's chat! Shoot us an email at collab@idraw.co to get the ball rolling.

The current IDRAW Series
The current IDRAW Series

 Our goal from the beginning has been to reach as many people as possible with our creative tools because we believe that everyone wants to be creative, many just don't know where to start. That's where you come in!

We currently work with several distributors and design and art institutions that help get our book into the hands of creatives all over the world. If you'd like to join the charge and offer our books in your eCommerce or brick and mortar store, simply fill out this IDRAW Wholesaler's request form and tell us a little about yourself.

Matt Marrocco

Matt Marrocco is a Chicago-based Industrial Design consultant, working with the world's top companies since 2009. Since founding the IDRAW Creative Goods brand in 2011, Matt has been collaborating with artists and designers to create tools that spark creativity and make learning to draw accessible.

Outside of design and the IDRAW brand Matt loves spending time with his lovely wife Kerry, their french bulldog, Biff and his tumblr of daily design/sci-fi/technology inspiration: BraveCadet.com. Matt is also a vegetarian animal lover that enjoys tacos.

Sara Mayhew

International award-winning mangaka, Sara E. Mayhew, is a writer and illustrator that the prestigious Applied Arts magazine called “young blood commanding our attention”. Her work has been published by Owl Kids and Scholastic. The world renowned TED conference accepted Sara into their TED Fellowship program, a class of young world-changers in the cutting edge of their fields, for her work to promote science education through manga. 

Among her many guest appearances include speaking at TED’09 in Long Beach, CA, TEDActive’10 in Palm Springs, CA, the Center for Inquiry in Hollywood, CA, and The Amaz!ng Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. In 2010, Nokia featured her in their Responsiveness campaign video on communicating the values of science literacy through art. She is frequently interviewed on podcasts, radio, blogs and other media. The Ontario Arts Council recently awarded her a grant of $10,000 from their Northern Arts program for her latest series, Legend of the Ztarr.

                                                                                                           

Jose Gamboa, David Melendez & Sketching Lab

            
The Sketching Lab is a three-day intensive workshop to endorse creativity through drawing, mind mapping, concept development and visual communication. This methodology has been developed by Sketch Aerobics with the idea to bringing incredible and inspirational designers together who will share their sketching secrets with the participants. The space in the event is limited because we want to maximize the one on one contact time that participants will share with the guest designers.

Learn more here

Brian Levin - Cinematographer

Brian is a Chicago-based content creator with a background in narrative filmmaking. He graduated from Columbia College in 2005 and has worked on high end corporate projects, and short and feature films.

His range of skills include directing/producing content through shooting, editing and finishing projects. In addition to his client work, he is also the Lead Cinematographer at TouchVision, a company creating short documentaries and entertainment features for web and broadcast. 

You can learn more about Brian on his website.

Joe Carpita - Strategy + Photography

Joe lives in Chicago and works as a design consultant where he focuses on connecting the dots between technology and the needs of people. Joe utilizes his diverse, but connected, background in presentation and public speaking, film making and design to craft strategies and create experiences that seek to foster deep discussion and inspire people to care.

Connect with Joe

Rachel Sandoval - Guest Sketch Ninja

Rachel is an up-and-coming designer based out of Chicago. She specializes in transforming broad strategies and consumer insights into tangible stories with compelling visual imagery. Her joy for crafting stories grows with every new medium but her focus is always to expand her audience’s imagination. Rachel’s interest in storytelling first began through many late nights watching and reading ‘Shōjo.’ Her favorites include Chobits and Cardcaptors.

See more of Rachel's work on her website.

Risks and challenges

This is not our first rodeo. Actually, this our 4th rodeo.

Kickstarter alums since 2011, we know what it takes to get a project out to our pledgers on time. We pride ourselves on our communication both during and after the campaign, having coined a mantra of "No Pledger Left Behind" for our relentless pursuit in assuring all pledgers have received their pledges.

We have had a strong, continued relationship with our printer since 2011. They continue to deliver excellent quality and reliability, and are always willing to try whatever crazy new ideas we throw at them. We've also selected trusted suppliers for the ancillary pledge rewards that we've used many times in the past and can speak to the high quality of their product. We're sure that these vendors can handle whatever PO we send their way at the end of this campaign.

After several design iterations and samples of the I DRAW MANGA Sketchbook, we are confident we've landed on a product that is both strikingly beautiful and positively useful. Most importantly, we're confident our product can be manufactured and shipped in our estimated time period, with surprises being all but non-existent.

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    This pledge lands you get a 1 hour private portfolio review with Sara over Skype! She'll tell you what's working, where you need practice and she'll answer ANY questions you've got about what it's like as a working Mangaka.

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